Amboseli Lion Project

Thu, 2007-07-19 14:44 by DeIongh · Forum/category:
Lions in Amboseli, the left one wearing a radio collar

The Amboseli Lion Project is a collaboration between KWS, Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University (Netherlands) and Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, SA.The KWS coordinator is Tuqa Jirmo and it will be good to include him in any communication on the project.

The main aim of the project is to study the movements and home ranges of lions from Amboseli NP in the surrounding Maasai group ranches, through GPS/GSM tracking, VHF tracking and direct field observations.

We have been in communication with the Laikipia Project of Dr. Laurence Frank, Seamus Maclennan and Leela Haza, and visited their camp in Chyulu Hills after the collaring operation. We have been in close communication all the time and have great respect for the achievements of the Kilimanjaro Lion Project. It is the intention to have an open exchange of information between the two projects and to collaborate and reinforce eachother where possible..

Until beginning October two KWS rangers and six students from Moi university will VHF track the lions, the rangers will continue their involvement on a full time basis. From beginning October onward two Dutch students will be involved in the study, based at KWS Amboseli NP HQ.

With support of Dr Ndeere (KWS vet) Dr Paul Funston (TUT), DR Hans Bauer and KWS staff, we have collared five lions (two males and three females from at least two prides in the park with GPS-GSM collars, including a VHF transmitter).

  • Amy Jane (code AS 69) a 6 yr old female from the Ol Tukai swamp pride
  • Tato (code AS 70) a 8-9 yr old female from the Sinet Delta pride
  • Kip (code AS 71) a 3-4 yr old male, unkown pride
  • Shangiki (code AS 72) a 4-5 yr old female from the Sinet delta pride
  • Ambogga (code AS 73), a 3-4 yr old male from the Ol Tukai swamp pride

Tato has one cub and she was collared on 10/7 in the Sinet delta and she was observed on 12/7 with an unkown female feeding on a wildebeest carcass at Longolong. She was again tracked down on16/7 feeding on a zebra kill, together with Shangiki at Lake Kioko.

Kip was collared on 11/7 near lake Amboseli and was tracked back on13/7 near Tortilis Lodge.

As we can read in Harvey Croze's note, Amy Jane and Amboggo did not move far from the Ol Tukai Swamp.

Any observations made by fellow researchers on the movements, group compostion and behaviour of these lions are most welcome, please direct these to undersigned and Tuqa Jirmo, who is the project coordinator for KWS.

Amboseli lion collaring

Thu, 2007-08-23 21:28 by Jan

Dear Mr. Delongh:

I was in Amboseli from July 30th - August 5th. Despite the dry season and not much food for some of the animals, we found the wildlife to look very healthy.

On a game drive one afternoon we spotted one of your collared lionesses. I will email the picture to Hans and Robert and perhaps they can upload it for you to see.

Please keep us up to date on the project.

Added photo

Fri, 2007-08-24 00:40 by Hans

I've added the photo to the original article at the top. (Comments can't have pictures.)

The photo was very unsharp though. I had to reduce its size accordingly.

Hans

Amboseli Lion Project

Sun, 2007-07-29 20:05 by Herman

Herman PRAGER

This is a very exciting project, and I wish you and your team the very best. Will you have links (posted later on) to more detailed information regarding the project itself and any other published (research and otherwise) material?

Amboseli lion project

Thu, 2007-07-19 22:14 by Jan

Dr/Mr. Delongh:

Thank you very much for posting the information on the lion project. I hope you will keep us up to date on your findings.

I understand why you are attempting to find the range of the Amboseli lions. However, do you have any up-front estimate of how far a lion pride will travel? My concern is that if these lions cross over the Tanzanian border they will be shot by the game hunters - collars or not.

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